Aldridge, Spurs beat Pel­i­cans to fin­ish home­s­tand 4-0

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THE Spurs be­gin their an­nual rodeo road trip Mon­day — an eight-game jaunt around the NBA and the coun­try.

While that might seem daunt­ing, the Spurs are go­ing into the trip on a roll, hav­ing swept their four-game home­s­tand. The Spurs de­feated the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans 113108 on Satur­day at the AT&T Cen­ter.

The Spurs were led by La­mar­cus Aldridge, who was named to the NBA All-star Game on Thurs­day. Aldridge dom­i­nated in the post, scor­ing 25 points and pulling down 14 re­bounds. A pair of Aldridge jumpers fin­ished off a hot start for the Spurs as they took a 23-8 lead in the open­ing quar­ter.

The Spurs led 106-84 in the fourth quar­ter, but New Or­leans pulled within 111-108 with 10.7 sec­onds re­main­ing. How­ever, Tim Fra­zier missed a 3pointer with 4.1 sec­onds left.

The game was de­layed mo­men­tar­ily by bats once again in the first quar­ter, but the Spurs mas­cot, the Coy­ote, caught the bat in net.

New Or­leans were with­out All-star power for­ward An­thony Davis, Julius Randle, Nikola Mirotic, E’twaun Moore and El­frid Pay­ton. The Spurs be­gin the rodeo trip on the West Coast when they play at Sacra­mento on Mon­day at 9:30 p.m./ AP

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